Best Breast Pumps

Feeling overwhelmed with the pump selection these days? Use this guide to find the best option for your needs.

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Jeffrey Westbrook

If you're soon returning to work and want to keep feeding your munchkin breastmilk, a breast pump is a must. Even if you'll be home with your baby, a breast pump can help ease engorgement in the early days, allow your partner (or Grammy!) to feed your baby from a bottle, and make it possible for you to have an occasional evening out.

Since double-electric pumps are pricey (though still much less expensive than buying formula), many women register for a pump, so family and friends can pool together to gift it to them. Pumps are also part of Affordable Care Act, which means that some health insurance plans will cover the full or partial cost of one. Check with your policy provider before you buy, though, to understand any stipulations.

Whether you want to pump several times a day or just occasionally, the following eight breast pumps get high marks from American Baby.

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Top of the Line

Courtesy of Medela

Top of the Line

Medela's Pump in Style Advanced has a durable motor, a battery pack for times you can't find an outlet, "letdown" mode that helps get the milk flowing, and adjustable settings. This double electric pump is pretty much a working mom's best friend. ($270)

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Maximizes Comfort

Courtesy of Lansinoh

Maximizes Comfort

Lansinoh's new Affinity Pro Double Electric Breast Pump has three modes that help you quickly pinpoint the best speed for you, an LCD screen that keeps track of how much time you've been pumping, and soft cups that help keep you comfy through every pumping session. Also, the price is nice! ($134)

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How to Pump Breast Milk

How to Pump Breast Milk

How to Pump Breast Milk

Learn everything you need to know about pumping breast milk! Watch this video to see what kind of pump you should get, when and how long you should pump, and how to store the breast milk.

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Makes Life Easier

Courtesy of Tommee Tippee

Makes Life Easier

Tommee Tippee's Closer to Nature double electric breast pump is new, but it's already gaining fans. It has comfy silicone cups, four settings, and comes with all kinds of extras, including breast pads and milk storage containers. ($250)

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Ideal for Travel

Courtesy of Philips AVENT

Ideal for Travel

The compact design of Philips AVENT's Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump makes it great for taking your pump to and from work every day. You can set the motor to remember the speed and suction you prefer, and a petal design on the cups helps stimulate letdown. ($280)

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Soft Touch

Courtesy of Dr. Brown's

Soft Touch

Dr. Brown's turned to professional lactation consultants to help design a pump that minimizes discomfort. The flexible cups provide an alternative to the traditional plastic cone-shaped ones. ($250)

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Neat Idea

Courtesy of Ameda

Neat Idea

Many hospitals rent out Ameda pumps, but if you want your own, consider Ameda's Double Electric Ultra Breast Pump Dual HygieniKit. It works to be sure all your milk lands in the collection bottle or freezer bag instead of spilling or getting stuck in the tubes along the way. ($300)

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Great Deal

Courtesy of Evenflo

Great Deal

Moms who only occasionally pump should look into the Evenflo Dual Electric Breast Pump. This bargain option may not come with many frills, but it does have an adjustable vacuum and an AC adapter. ($56)

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Got Milk!

Courtesy of Philips Avent

Got Milk!

A single manual pump comes in handy for relieving engorgement or providing the occasional bottle for baby. It's good for travel, too, since there's no battery or electricity needed. ($40)

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Watch this for a quick tutorial on how a breast pump works.

The Basics of Using a Breast Pump

Watch this for a quick tutorial on how a breast pump works.

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